During the month of April, I’m writing 30 Words for 30 Days: Thoughts from Six Feet Away, one topic per day. Find out why here.


Like my daughter, who turns 7 today, I’ll keep this post short and sweet.

Celebrating my daughter Eden will always remind me that there is hope.

You can read more about the details in this post, where I share the backstory.

I’ve been so blessed to be a #girldad, to come home to her hugs and leave for work with her goodbye kisses, to laugh and play and tickle and wrestle and just enjoy life with her.

She makes me proud and I love the way she just attacks the world head-on, with a strength and zeal and love for life and the people she meets.

When I’ve had a tough day, she has a way of warming my heart and reminding me that things are OK.

Happy Birthday, precious one. I love you!

And along those lines, I’m so thankful that even when I’ve lost hope, I serve a God who has enough to spare and graciously pours it out on us.

And in these days of COVID-19 and quarantines and lock downs and masks and uncertainty… we can all use a little hope.

So, if that’s you, and you don’t have an Eden to remind you or fill up your hope jar, maybe this will suffice….

One of my favorite verses in the Bible related to hope comes from the letter written to the church in Rome. It goes like this:

and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

-Romans 5:5

Fresh off of Easter Sunday, one of the most amazing things about Jesus was that even though he would eventually leave this earth, he sent the Holy Spirit to be our comforter.

I love this verse because of the idea that “hope does not disappoint us”. Others maybe might think you’re holding on to false hope, but hope is something that is never wasted.

So, if your world is shaken right now, know that it hasn’t shaken our God. And hope in Him is never placed in vain.

Here’s to Eden. Here’s to you. Here’s to hope.

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